Sunday, 19 February 2012

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: Bolt makes sterling contribution to Sigma Corporate Run

SELFLESS SERVICE: Bolt, with Pan Caribbean's Donovan Perkins and Lady Patricia Allen.

His philanthropic spirit knows no bounds. In partnership with sponsors, The Usain Bolt Foundation, has contributed a remarkable US$25,000 (J$2.2M) to the Pan Caribbean Sigma Corporate Run, which is collaborating this year with Chain of Hope to raise some J$50M to fund cardiac programmes at the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston.

The World’s Fastest Man is one of three patrons, along with Her Excellency Lady Patricia Allen and Dr. the Hon R. Danny Williams, who have lent their power and support to generating the much-needed funds in the interest of the nation’s children.

Joined by his parents and management team, Bolt was among the over 15,000 participants who took part in the 14th annual corporate run in New Kingston on Sunday. Before he set off the runners in the ‘Run section,’ Bolt took time to meet and greet the participants, comprised of Paralympians, athletes, walkers and curious onlookers. He was also a presenter at the closing ceremony later held inside the Emancipation Park.

In addition to his own not-for-profit foundation, Bolt regularly supports several institutions, including the Trelawny-based Piedmont Basic School, Waldensia Primary, William Knibb High, and the Sherwood Content health centre, for which he provides safety and recreational equipment, along with learning tools for children.

DARE TO CARE: Bolt brings cheer to one of the event's shy participants.

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